Pictures: Long-haul low-cost start-up Oasis Hong Kong Airlines unveils livery, sets launch date for October 25

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Start-up long-haul low-fares carrier Oasis Hong Kong Airlines has unveiled the livery for its two Boeing 747-400s that will operate from 25 October on its route to London Gatwick airport from its Hong Kong base.

Tickets for the route went on sale yesterday, with 10% of the aircraft available at the headline fare level of HK$1,000 ($129) one way plus tax, the company pledged. The airline will offer business class fares from HK$7,000 with a maximum of HK$20,000, says chief executive Stephen Miller.

The livery (pictured below) was created by a Japanese design agency to include the colours of the Chinese city-state's flag combined with rays of sunshine signifying the nighttime schedule of the carrier that delivers passengers at dawn at their destination, says Oasis creative consultant Priscilla Hwang Lee.

Both images © Eric Greer / Oasis Hong Kong Airlines


Flights will initially be operated four times per week, rising to daily in November, with two ex-Singapore Airlines 747-400s that were acquired earlier this year.

Route licences were secured late last year allowing Oasis to operate scheduled services to Berlin, Cologne/Bonn and Milan Malpensa in Europe, as well as to Chicago and Oakland near San Francisco in the USA. Miller says the new routes will be opened as the fleet grows, adding that Oasis plans to have five 747-400s by the end of 2007. Oakland is expected to be its second destination.

Oasis’s main shareholders are real estate magnate Raymond Lee and telecommunications equipment mogul Allan Wong.

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